Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon: Goals, Challenges, and Updates

Hopefully I do better in this Read-a-thon than I did in the last one I participated in! I don’t have to work as much this week though, so I should be able to get a good amount of reading done!


My goal is to read 4 books during this read-a-thon! They are:

the madman's daughter The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

pretty girl13 Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Reminiscent of the Elizabeth Smart case, Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological mystery about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity.

Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she’s returned home…only to find that it’s three years later and she’s sixteen-or at least that’s what everyone tells her.

What happened to the past three years of her life?

Angie doesn’t know.

But there are people who do — people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her “alters.” As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?

Liz Coley’s alarming and fascinating psychological mystery is a disturbing – and ultimately empowering page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

hallowed Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

angelfall Angelfall by Susan Ee

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


Update as of July 5, 2013:

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On!

So far, I have finished The Madman’s Daughter by Magan Shepherd, Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley, and I am about a quarter was through Angelfall by Susan Ee! I think I’m on the right track to finishing the four books that I had hoped I would be able to finish for the read-a-thon!


Challenge #1: Teaser Tidbit Challenge

This one is hosted by Tamara at Shelf Addiction, and you can find all the details about it here!

The book I am currently reading is The Madman’s Daughter, and here are my two teaser sentences!

From the rigid outline of the muscles beneath his shirt, I realized Montgomery probably could have knocked them all flat, too.

He’d changed from a servant to a gentleman, and I’d done the exact opposite.

Challenge #2: Cover Re-D0

This challenge comes to us from Nancy at Tumbling books, and all the details can be found here!

Here is my cover re-do of If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch:

if you mind me re-do

Challenge #5: Cover Title Scramble

The details for this challenge can be found over at Love Life Read.


1) The 5th Wave
3) Winger
4) Just One Kiss
6) It Had to be You
7) Lost and Found


1) The Moon and More
2) Siege and Storm
4) Sweet Salt Air
8) Two of a Kind
11) Faking It


1) If the Shoe Fits
2) The Edge of Never
4) True Love
5) Three Little Words
7) Perfect Fling


1) Fall of Five
2) Crown of Midnight
5) The Hero
8) This Girl: A Novel
9) Temptation


Debut-a-thon Reading Goals!

I am participating in the Debut-a-thon hosted by Amber over at Books of Amber! This post outlines my reading goals for this read-a-thon, and the books that I aim to read!

My Goal: I’m going to have to set the bar low here and say 2 books. I work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and tomorrow my friend is coming over to swim, tan, and enjoy some drinks by the pool! But he’ll probably bring a book with him so hopefully I’ll be able to fit in some reading ;)

Currently Reading:
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Potential Reads:
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Pages read: 292
Books read: Finished Wild Awake (so…. 0.75?)
Total # of books read: 0.75

Pages read: 0 :( I was working
Books read: Reading The Madman’s Daughter
Total # of books read: 0.75

Pages read: 75 (I was working again!!)
Books read: The Madman’s Daughter
Total # of books read: 0.75

Pages read: 25
Books read: The Madman’s Daughter
Total # of books read: 0.75

Wow. I REALLY failed at this read-a-thon! I had to work three of the four days, so I barely got anything read at all! :(

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

Guys this is going to be my first ever read-a-thon!!! (Can you tell I’m a little bit excited??) Also, how cute is the graphic?!